1st Edition

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales From Buildings to Cities

Edited By Nicholas B. Rajkovich, Seth H. Holmes Copyright 2022
    286 Pages 44 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 44 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales provides professionals with guidance on adapting the built environment to a changing climate. This edited volume brings together practitioners and researchers to discuss climate-related resilience from the building to the city scale. This book highlights North American cases that deal with issues such as climate projections, public health, adaptive capacity of vulnerable populations, and design interventions for floodplains, making the content applicable to many locations around the world. The contributors in this book discuss topics ranging from how built environment professionals respond to a changing climate, to how the building stock may need to adapt to climate change, to how resilience is currently being addressed in the design, construction, and operations communities. The purpose of this book is to provide a better understanding of climate change impacts, vulnerability, and resilience across scales of the built environment. Architects, urban designers, planners, landscape architects, and engineers will find this a useful resource for adapting buildings and cities to a changing climate.

    1. Introduction

    Nicholas B. Rajkovich and Seth H. Holmes

    2. Resilient Design Modeling: Where are We and Where Can We Go?

    Seth H. Holmes

    3. Planning for a Changing Climate Without Accurate Predictions

    Parag Rastogi and Mohammad Emtiyaz Khan

    4. Tools for Community Energy Empowerment: A Co-Design Approach

    Bess Krietemeyer

    5. RHOnDA: An Online Tool to Help Homeowners and Tenants Increase Resilience

    Michelle Laboy and David Fannon

    6. Resilience Hubs: Shifting Power to Communities Through Action

    Kristin Baja

    7. Climate Change and Health: Connecting the Dots, Building a Resilient Future

    Kim Knowlton and Yerina Mugica

    8. Increasing Adaptive Capacity of Vulnerable Populations Through Inclusive Design

    Jordana Maisel, Brittany Perez, and Krista Macy

    9. Passive Survivability: Keeping Occupants Safe in an Age of Disruptions

    Alex Wilson

    10. Designing Resilient Coastal Communities with Living Shorelines

    Wendy Meguro and Karl Kim

    11. Adapting Inland Floodplain Housing to a Changing Climate: Disturbance, Risk, and Uncertainty as Drivers for Design

    Jamie L. Vanucchi

    12. 4D! Resilient Design in Four Dimensions

    Illya Azaroff

    13. Understanding Sustainability and Resilience as Applied: Tracking the Discourse in City Policy

    Martha Bohm

    14. Perspectives from Practice

    Jason Swift, Braden Kay, Terry Schwarz, Dana Kochnower, Kevin Bush, Jodi Smits Anderson, Allison Anderson, Matthew Elley, Erin Hatcher, Janice Barnes, and Rachel Minnery


    Nicholas B. Rajkovich, PhD, AIA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo. His research investigates the intersection among energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change in buildings. Prior to earning a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, he was a Senior Program Engineer at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). At PG&E, he was responsible for developing their first zero net energy program. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.

    Seth H. Holmes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is an Associate Professor of Architecture in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His research addresses climate adaptation and resilient design with focuses on the integration of climate change projections with building performance modelling and methods for predicting overheating in buildings. His publications include a chapter in Planning for Community-based Disaster Resilience Worldwide (edited by by A. Awotona), and articles in Building Research and Information journal and ASHRAE, and he advised the LEED Resilient Design pilot credit update. He practices architecture with his firm Benefit Street Design. He holds a Master in Design Studies for Sustainable Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University.

    "This timely book provides a range of perspectives on the critical design issues for climate change. [It] deserves to be widely read internationally. This will enable designers, planners, policy makers, developers and community members to create, adapt and maintain a built environment that responds to climate change. Such actions will  protect the vulnerable, but also provide well-being for all."

    Richard Graves, Buildings & Cities